Horse wearing Uma no kutsuKatada Bay Moon© Asian Art and Archaeology, Inc./CORBIS
Horse wearing Uma no kutsu
Katada Bay Moon
© Asian Art and Archaeology, Inc./CORBIS

Animal Footwear

Uma No Kutsu

These waraji were made for horses to protect their hooves and deaden the noise they made in the streets on the way to the market. The styles were common in the Hiroshima area until about 1955. After this time they fell from use, although they are still used today in spring festival parades.

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